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Research trip to Embu and Meru regions – AS and KU

17th-18th of August 2021 there was realized a research trip to Embu and Meru region, in which participated Prof. Aleksandra Lukaszewicz Alcaraz, Dr. Priscilla Gitonga, Dr. Isaiah Oyugi and Anne Mwiti.
The research was focused on traditional women’s dance and bodily practices related to the initiation rituals. Prof. Katuli from the Kenyatta University, Dance and Music Department guided a trip to remote places in Embu to cultural centers and cultural performing groups. In meeting with Kamba people researchers learned about the food, dance and music related to flirting of boys and girls in search for a couple and in meeting with Mberu people researchers had possibility to observe the traditional dance of women in a circle accompanying women’s initiation, containing the posture present also in Slovian culture and others in similar circumstances. Visit to Meru region was focused on learning at Murithi Cultural Center about the history of Meru people on the slopes of Mount Kenya, and on the Mau Mau movement, in which an important role was played also by women, as for example Field Marshal Muthoni (she was among those who went to lay down their arms at Ruringu Stadium in December 1963).
The research trip allowed to gather research materials for the ongoing work by Prof. Aleksandra Lukaszewicz Alcaraz, Dr. Priscilla

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